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    Description"The thesis is radical," writes Marshall Sahlins of this landmark text in anthropology and political science. "We conventionally define the state as the regulation of violence; it may be the origin of it. Clastres's thesis is that economic expropriation and political coercion are inconsistent with the character of tribal society - which is to say, with the greater part of human history."Can there be a society that is not divided into oppressors and oppressed, or that refuses coercive state apparatuses? In this beautifully written book, Pierre Clastres offers examples of South American Indian groups that, although without hierarchical leadership, were both affluent and complex. In so doing he refutes the usual negative definition of tribal society and poses its order as a radical critique of our own Western state of power.Born in 1934, Pierre Clastres was educated at the Sorbonne; throughout the 1960s he lived with Indian groups in Paraguay and Venezuela. From 1971 until his death in 1979 he was Director of Studies at the fifth section of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris and held the Chair of Religion and Societies of the South American Indians there.Robert Hurley is the translator of the History of Sexuality by Michel Foucault and cotranslator of Anti-Oedipus by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari.


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    Title
    Society Against the State
    Subtitle
    Essays in Political Anthropology
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Pierre Clastres, Translated by Robert Hurley, Translated by Abe Stein
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 161 mm
    Height: 237 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780942299007
    ISBN 10: 0942299000
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17430
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JP
    BISAC V2.8: PHI000000
    BIC subject category V2: JHMP, PSX
    Ingram Theme: APPR/RDRCAT
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    LC subject heading:
    DC20: 305.898
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002010
    DC22: 306.2
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Approval Code: A33220000
    DC22: 306/.2
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: GN492 .C5613 1987
    Thema V1.0: JP, JHM
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    Ill.
    Publisher
    ZONE BOOKS
    Imprint name
    ZONE BOOKS
    Publication date
    01 January 1988
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Thomas S. Stroik is Professor of English and Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is the author of Syntactic Controversies; Minimalism, Scope, and VP Structure; Path Theory and Argument Structure; and The Pragmatics of Metaphor.